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FSE3122 FEM for Nonlinear Problems in Solid Mechanics 6.0 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FSE3122 (Autumn 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course provides a systematic approach to solving problems in structural mechanics by discussing non-linear solid mechanics, variational principles, FE technology, solving sets of non-linear equations, constitutive modeling, and analyzing instabilities. Theoretical concepts are linked to numerical methods, towards solving problems in structural mechanics.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the participants should be able to

  1. Demonstrate a theoretical understanding of non-linear continuum mechanics (KF2)
  2. Solve a particular problem by application of appropriate solution methods and algorithms (KF2)
  3. Describe the purpose, function, implication and limitation of modeling (KF2)
  4. Combine and integrate different solution strategies to address more challenging problems (FF4)
  5. Demonstrate a practical understanding in applying the FE method as demonstrated by solving typical structural problems (FF4)
  6. Present, analyze and explain derived results in a clear and causal way   

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Basic course in Solid Mechanics, e.g. SE1010, SE1020 or SE1055 or similar.

Basic course in FEM, e.g. SE1025 or similar.

Advanced course in Materials Mechanics, e.g. SE2126 or similar

Recommended prerequisites

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  • Hand-outs
  • Nonlinear continuum mechanics for finite element analysis. J Bonet and RD Wood. Cambridge University Press, 1997.
  • The Finite Element Method. (7th edition) Zienkiewicz and Taylor, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2013.
  • onlinear Finite Element Methods. Wriggers. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. 2008.  

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • HEM1 - Home assignments, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Exam, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Approved home assignments and exam.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

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Course web FSE3122

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Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Professor Christian Gasser,

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at SCI/Solid Mechanics